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Hello! Would anyone know of a simple solution for my Studiopress site that would allow a group of users to preorder products collectively in a spreadsheet glance? I think the features we're needing are similar to a community volunteer spread sheet but we need added functionality for pre sales. More specifically, we need to allow individual group member to edit personal orders while collectively being able to track and meet minimum group requirements (ton increments) before the order can be finalized. I'd love to hear any suggestions that you guys might have!!! Thank you. 🙂
I don't think you're going to find a "simple" solution. Your requirements are a little vague. Not everyone is going to know what a community volunteer spreadsheet is, giving the diverse nature of spreadsheets. If I understand you correctly though, you want a spreadsheet-like interface for entering bulk data for pre-orders of a product measured by weight. Is that correct? What eCommerce solution are you interfacing with? What is the business process behind order acceptance. Truthfully, your requirements need to be flushed out.
I've been doing eCommerce sites for a long time and have never seen a requirement for a spreadsheet-like interface, especially in WordPress. I've seen something like this done in enterprise systems and mainframes for inventory, but not in a WordPress environment. I suspect you are looking at a custom solution that could carry a high cost. You may be able to allow spreadsheets to be uploaded as csv files and then processed through cron or manually to be added to the eCommerce order process, but again, that could require a lot of engineering.
You could also try a form tool like Formidable Pro (my favorite). You could create a form that allows users to add rows and then use jQuery to provide your calculations. They have an extension that integrates the tool with WooCommerce. This might be the easiest way for you to go at the lowest cost. The form could be pretty complicated to build, but it would only take an experienced developer a couple of days, maybe a week at most when testing and tweaking are considered.
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